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Braves Rally By BoSox In 11th


Brian Hunter made up his mind. No matter what, he was going
to bunt -- even with two strikes.

Andruw Jones scored all the way from first base in the 11th inning Saturday when pitcher John Wasdin threw away Hunter's sacrifice bunt, giving the Atlanta Braves a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

"I was bunting on my own," said Hunter, who had the bunt sign until the count went to 0-2, then he said manager Bobby Cox took it off.

"I didn't really disobey orders. It helped us win and it was better than swinging and hitting into a double play," said Hunter.

Jones, who homered earlier, drew a leadoff walk from Wasdin (7-3). Pinch-hitter Hunter followed with a sacrifice on a 1-2 pitch, putting the ball in front of the mound.

Wasdin's throw was to the foul side of the bag and nicked Hunter in the helmet.

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  • The ball eluded first baseman Mike Stanley and rolled down the line, bouncing off the tarpaulin. Jones made a head-first slide to beat right fielder Darren Lewis' throw easily.

    "I had a bead on it, but it hit him (Hunter) and it came right up to my face. I had to get out of the way," Stanley said.

    "I was trying to throw it inside of the bag and instead it sailed outside," Wasdin said. "It was a bad throw."

    It also gave Atlanta its 16th win in its last at-bat.

    Rudy Seanez (5-0) earned the win with a scoreless 11th inning.

    Atlanta's Tom Glavine, starting on three days' rest for the first time in five years, pitched nine innings. He gave up one run and six hits.

    Stanley, who homered Friday night in Boston's 5-4 win over the Braves, led off the second with his 13th homer for a 1-0 lead.

    The Braves tied it in the fourth on a solo home run by Jones, his 16th, off Mark Portugal.

    Portugal went six innings and gave up six hits.

    The Braves failed to break the 1-1 tie in the seventh when Glavine reache on a one-out error by shortstop Lou Merloni, took second on a wild pitch but was thrown out trying to score on Ozzie Guillen's single to center.

    Notes

    • Stanley has started 59 games at first base and 11 at designated hitter.
    • Wilton Veras had three of the six hits off Glavine.
    • Boston All-Star second baseman Jose Offerman went 0-for-5 and has only five hits in his last 45 at-bats (.111). Since June 23, he's 10-for-65 (.154).
    • Starting All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra of the Red Sox missed his eighth straight game with a groin injury he hurt July 2. The former Georgia Tech standout likely will not play on Sunday, either, but said he will start in Tuesday's All-Star game at Fenway Park.
    • Braves reliever Russ Springer, who was hit in the right knee in Friday night's game by Stanley's grounder and left the game, was available to pitch Saturday.
    • Chipper Jones extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an eighth-inning single, but saw his home run streak end at four games.
    • Glavine last started on three days' rest on July 24, 1994, when he won 8-5 at St. Louis.
    • Atlanta outfielder Brian Jordan, an All-Star for the first time, had his 12-game hitting streak end, going 0-for-5.

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